Rats and a Lamp

Qi Baishi Chinese

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Beneath an oil lamp, three rats scurry over a blue, cloth-bound book.

The artist’s inscription reads:

Rats would wish all people to be rich;
The thought behind the wish is not selfless.

In the dinghai year [1947], painted by the eighty-seven year old Baishi.
--Translation by Keita Itoh and Lawrence Wu

Rats and a Lamp, Qi Baishi (Chinese, 1864–1957), Framed hanging scroll; ink and color on paper, China

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